The Federal Government has again suspended the Air Operators Certificate of Dana Air.
This is coming less than one week after the sack of the director general of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Harold Demuren and barely three months after the airline resumed operations following a seven-month suspension. After the June 3rd 2012 crash of one of its aircrafts that killed 163 people, the airline had its operating license initially revoked.
Acting Director-General, NCAA, Joyce Nkemakolam, said the suspension followed a directive from the Ministry of Aviation, asking the airline to stop operation until “some safety issues that cropped up over the weekend were resolved.”
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Dana Air, in an email sent to its customers, however said no specific reason was given for the action. The statement signed by the Head, Corporate Communications, Dana Air, Tony Usidamen read:
“We regret to announce the temporary suspension of our flight operations following a directive from the Ministry of Aviation through the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority on Saturday, March 16, 2013; no specific reason was given for the action.
“A meeting is, however, scheduled between the management of Dana Air, the Ministry of Aviation and the NCAA on Monday, March 18, and we will update you as we get more information. We thank you for your patience and understanding, and we look forward to having the pleasure of welcoming you on board again shortly.”